WASHINGTON – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning to consumers that pillow-like products including nursing pillows and lounging pads are not safe for infants to sleep with in their cribs.
The warning issued this week is related to a possible link between infant suffocation deaths and such pillow-like products. The agency said it continues to analyze incident data to determine the risks associated with these products along with a strategy to communicate those risks to the general public.
While the CPSC is not issuing any type of warning regarding any specific brands or manufacturers, it said these items are not designed for sleep and thus are not safe for sleep. It said it is investigating the entire class of products as they can lead to suffocation when babies are left near any type of pillow in the crib.
“We continue to remind parents and caregivers that Bare is Best for an infant’s sleeping environment,” the CPSC said, adding the following safety tips”
- Do not allow infants to sleep on nursing pillows or other pillow-like products.
- Do not use infant sleep products with inclined seat backs of more than 10 degrees. Parents and caregivers should not use infant car seats, bouncers and other infant inclined products for sleep and should follow manufacturer instructions
- Follow safe sleep advice, including “Bare Is Best – Do not add blankets, pillows, padded bumpers or other items to the baby’s sleep environment.” Also always place infants to sleep on their backs on a firm, flat surface.
- Report any incident with an infant and a pillow-like product to the CPSC by reporting it on the website, www.saferproducts.gov. “The information you provide could save lives,” the CPSC said.
I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.